Emma and I spent a long weekend in Lisbon.


Stay: we stayed in the heart of the city at this great Airbnb – it could have easily slept 5 people, and the host was so helpful with city tips for us!

Getting around: There is a very easy subway journey direct from the airport to city. Lisbon is an incredibly walkable city, and there are bikes and e-scooters for hire too. The trams are also a fun way to get a bit further out, like to Belem.

We covered a lot of ground in three days – I’ve split my tips below by area!

Barrio Alto (centre):

  • Elevador de Santa Justa – a touristy lift with an incredible view over Lisbon. Don’t queue or pay the five euro to go up, just walk around the back of the hotel one street over and walk over the bridge!
  • Park Bar – rooftop bar on top of a carpark (you literally walk through the carpark to get there, but don’t be put off!)- great for a drink and to watch the sunset. Amazing view of the bridge and rooftops
  • Flora & Fauna – amazing brunch spot
  • Hello, Kristof – great coffee
  • BA Wine Bar – incredibly intimate wine bar, with a great selection of tapas. The sommelier is so knowledgeable and also hilarious, he talks you through your taste and picks something for you from his extensive cellar – it’s an experience not to miss!
  • Manteigaria – best pastel de natas, has a shop in the centre of town and one in the Time Out market
  • Landeau chocolate
  • Restaurant Meson Andaluz – we had a delish dinner here!
  • Crafty Corner – craft beer bar
  • Pinoquio – the BEST seafood paella
  • Santini – best ice-cream. They also have a little store in the Time Out Market, so if you don’t go to the original site, you can just get it from there
  • Basilio – brunch restaurant close to the Praca do Comercio (Lisbon’s main square) and on the verge of Alfama area
  • LX Factory – art centre in an industrial park, lots of good shops and restaurants
  • Amelia Café – beautiful breakfast/ lunch spot
  • Time Out Market – incredible! a must visit, so many choices.
  • Os Tibetanos
  • Ponto Final
  • Boa Bao
  • Cevicheria
  • Palacio do Chiado
  • Pharmacia – Lunch, has a huge garden outside where you can look at the view, or you can go for dinner. Delicious tasting menu in an old pharmacy. Closed on Mondays.


  • Castelo de Sao Jorge – 11th century Moorish castle, royal residence and archeological ruins
  • Memmo Hotel – the most incredible rooftop for morning coffee or afternoon drinks! A stunning view over the whole Alfama district
  • Copenhagen Coffee Lab – has two locations in Alfama
  • Tazza in Giro – cute breakfast spot
  • Mercado de Santa Clara – big Saturday flea market
  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia – scenic point near the castle, overlooking the central Lisbon area
  • A Baiuca Fado – restaurant
  • Parreirinha de Alfama – traditional Portugese restaurant



  • From the city centre, you can hire bikes and bike along the waterfront to Belém, where the 16th century seafront tower is. The area is beautiful!
  • Pasteis de Belém – this pastry shop has the best custard tarts. You can also see them making the tarts inside
  • the Monastery – a beautiful Gothic building


  • Uterque , in Amoreiras mall
  • Principe Real – where all the indie shops are at!
  • Ace of Spades vintage store
  • A Outra Face da Lua – vintage store

We also did this day trip to Sintra and Pena Palace – a 19th century romanticist castle, atop a hill and surrounded by lush forest. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.


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